In crisis after crisis, mothers around the world are asked to do the impossible

UNITED NATIONS, New York ‒ “We were all alone, all the time,” Tatuli Paghava, 31, told UNFPA in Georgia. She was explaining how the COVID-19 pandemic has made it nearly impossible to survive being a mother. “Everything got harder… especially for the mothers who are doing everything alone,” added…

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Advancing sexual and reproductive health and rights in Brazil this Mother’s Day

BAHIA STATE, Brazil – Carol was 21 when she left home in Belo Horizonte in search of a life purpose. She found it in Vale do Capão, in the rural community of Chapada Diamantina, where she formed Alevante da Terra (Earth Rising), a women’s collective.  When her collective co-founder had a…

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UNFPA supports midwives, women, and girls during India’s COVID spike

India has seen a huge spike in coronavirus cases in recent weeks. The situation has severely impacted the country’s public health system. UNFPA is working to provide lifesaving care in India during this COVID-19 spike. Throughout February, the country was seeing around 10,000 cases a day. By the beginning of April, the number…

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Friends of UNFPA Statement on UK Government Cuts to UNFPA Funding

New York, NY – May, 6th, 2021 Friends of UNFPA notes with disappointment and great concern the recent announcement that the Government of the United Kingdom is drastically reducing its contribution to UNFPA, the UN sexual and reproductive health agency. The reductions include cutting approximately $180 million from funding previously pledged for…

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Aroud The World with Dennia Gayle from UNFPA Ethiopia

Dennia Gayle, UNFPA’s Country Representative in Ethiopia spoke with Roger Nokes, Friends of UNFPA’s Communications Director, on what motivates her, the biggest challenges she faces in Ethiopia, and how UNFPA is managing the emerging crisis in Tigray, Ethiopia. You can watch the full conversation here.   Dennia is a native of…

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Bodily autonomy: Busting 7 myths that undermine individual rights and freedoms

UNITED NATIONS, New York – Nearly half of all women are denied their bodily autonomy, according to data from 57 countries, UNFPA’s flagship report announced today. The 2021 State of World Population report, titled My Body is My Own, marks the first time a United Nations report focuses on the…

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Dominican Republic project champions safe motherhood amid COVID-19 pandemic

ELÍAS PIÑA, Dominican Republic – While Lucía’s husband is away planting peanuts, she feeds the children in their simple, clay-floored house. At 19 years old, she is already pregnant with her third child. The family struggles to get by on an income of less than three dollars per day….

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On the Brink of Famine in the World’s Worst Humanitarian Crisis

In the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, women and girls shoulder the greatest burden. They are more likely to have become migrants. They are caregivers for COVID-19 patients. Women and girls are at greater risk of violence, including child marriage. And, they are less and less able to get the care they need. And…

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Gender Equality, No Matter What

What is gender equality?  Gender equality is when men, women, and those identifying as other genders have the same opportunities, rights, and responsibilities. However, the world we live in today does not offer the same chances to women and non-binary people as it does to men. The degree of this inequality varies and is often a result…

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5 Things to Know About the Emergency in Tigray

Tigray is a region in northern Ethiopia that sits between the country of Eritrea to the north and the Amhara region to the south. Since November 2020, conflict has been unfolding in Ethiopia between the national government in Addis Ababa and the regional government of Tigray. Friends of UNFPA and UNFPA participated in a panel with the…

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